Provided below are questions and answers relating to the Designation provision and associated limitations and requirements.
All of the regulation citing’s below can be found on the Regulations, Statutes, and Related Information page.
- What is a Designation?
A Designation is an arrangement established by a California Local Government with an approved collector in the Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) recovery and recycling program. The Designation allows the approved collector to provide CEW collection services on behalf of the Local Government as a Designated Approved Collector [see 14 CCR 18660.47(a)(1)].
- What is a Local Government?
For the purposes of issuing a Designation, a Local Government is defined as “…a California city, county, city and county, a joint powers authority, or public service district responsible for household hazardous waste or residential waste management planning or services.” This definition provides flexibility to accommodate the ranges of local government entities that may responsible for public waste and recycling services [see 14 CCR 18660.47(a)(2)].
- What is a Designated Approved Collector?
The Designated Approved Collector provision provides a means for Local Governments to authorize Approved Collectors to conduct CEW recovery activities under specific circumstances [see Title 14 CCR Chapter 8.2, Article 7 § 18660.47 – 18660.51].
- Why were the Designation rules revised?
The Designation provision in the CEW recovery and recycling program is a useful tool that allows Local Governments to provide electronic waste recycling services to their communities. However, as previously constructed, the Designation regulations did not properly emphasize the prerogative of the Local Government or the role that a Designation plays in local household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. The changes are intended to ensure that the Designated Approved Collector is acting only within a specified scope while conducting a service on behalf of the Local Government and is able to provide the Local Government with necessary information.
- Must a Local Government issue a Designation?
No. The option to issue a Designation or not is solely within the discretion of the Local Government.
- May a Local Government issue a Designation to more than one Designated Approved Collector?
Yes. The option to issue a Designation to more than one Designated Approved Collectors is solely within the discretion of the Local Government.
- What is a Proof of Designation (Form 184)?
A Proof of Designation (Form 184) is a document issued by a California Local Government to a Designated Approved Collector. CalRecycle provides Form 184 for use by a California Local Government when establishing and issuing a Designation. The Proof of Designation details the scope of services that a Designated Approved Collector may conduct on behalf of the Local Government [see 14 CCR § 18660.49(b)]. The appropriate Local Government representative is an individual authorized to execute agreements or contracts related to waste management on behalf of the Local Government. The appropriate Designated Approved Collector representative is an individual that is an authorized signatory listed in the collector’s application for approval in the CEW recovery and recycling program.
Once completed and certified to, a copy of the Proof of Designation must be transmitted to CalRecycle by the Local Government at least 30 days before its use by the Designated Approved Collector [see 14 CCR § 18660.49(c)].
The template for Form 184 can be found on the Guidance and Resources for Local Government page.
Is it okay if a Designated Approved Collector transmits the completed Proof of Designation to CalRecycle on behalf of the Local Government?
No. The Local Government initiates the Designation and is responsible for mailing or emailing the completed Proof of Designation to CalRecycle [see 14 CCR § 18660.49(c)].
- What is the status of existing valid Designations?
A valid Designation issued prior to the effective date of the new regulations (March 16, 2017) may remain valid for no more than 180 days or until the end date specified on an existing Proof of Designation, whichever is sooner.
- Will CalRecycle notify the Local Government and the Designated Approved Collector once they receive a copy of the Proof of
CalRecycle will respond to the Local Government with an acknowledgement of receipt. CalRecycle may follow-up with the Local Government if the Designation is incomplete or otherwise deficient. Calrecycle will also copy the Approved Collector on the notifications.
- Will CalRecycle “approve” Designations?
No. The issuance of a Designation is the prerogative of the Local Government. However, CalRecycle may terminate a Designation prior to its use [see 14 CCR 18660.51(b)].
- What happens if there are deficiencies on the Proof of Designation? Will the 30-day “notification”
A Local Government must transmit to CalRecycle a copy of the Proof of Designation at least 30 days prior to its initial use. This 30-day “notification” will not reset. If there are deficiencies in the Proof of Designation, CalRecycle will communicate with the Local Government with the intent to resolve. If the Proof of Designation remains unresolved and deficient, CalRecycle may terminate the Designation prior to its use [see 14 CCR 18660.51(b)].
- What is Form 303 and what is the connection to a Designation?
The new Designated Approved Collector rules clarify that a Designation “…constitutes a local program subject to Form 303 reporting requirements…”. Local Governments must plan for the management of household hazardous waste (HHW) generated within their jurisdiction [see 14 CCR, Division 7, Chapter 9, Article 6.3]. Form 303 is an annual report by which Local Government reports on the types of HHW programs and the amount of HHW material management during the preceding reporting period (July 1 through June 30). For more info on HHW reporting, visit the Form 303 webpage.
A Designated Approved Collector “…shall provide the Local Government with a report of all CEW collection activities conducted pursuant to the Designation at least annually on or before September 1 of every calendar year covering the preceding reporting period…” so that the information can be incorporated into the Form 303 report. In establishing a Designation, a Local Government may impose more frequent reporting requirements upon the Designated Approved Collector. Additionally, CalRecycle may request copies of any reports that the Designated Approved Collector should have provided the Local Government [see 14 CCR 18660.48(b)].
- What happens if the Local Government determines that the Designation is unwanted?
A Local Government may terminate a Designation at its discretion, including prior to the end date [see 14 CCR 18660.51].
Contact EWasteDesignations@calrecycle.ca.gov for specific questions relating to Designations.